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Sacred Chocolate® is the only chocolate maker in the world that includes the nutritionally valuable SKINS/husks of the cacao bean in its chocolate. Traditionally, these skins are winnowed away from the whole bean and sold as food for chickens or to fertilizer companies. Just the fact they are sold as a nutritional item, indicates the importance of fully understanding what exactly is in the skin or husk of the cacao bean. Because of channeled information received in 2006 from the late well known and reputable medium, Laurel Steinhice, Sacred Chocolate® believes that the SKIN/husk of the cacao bean has many nutritionally beneficial properties, including but not limited to, assisting the human body in its own production of stem cells. It is also believed that the skin is very high in mineral content, especially iron. It is common sense to assume the nutritional value of this important part of the cacao bean since the skin/husk/rind of many seeds, fruits, and vegetables have been documented to have a high concentration of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other phyto-nutrients. For example, it is known that the skin/husk of a sesame seed has the majority of the high levels of calcium found in sesame seeds. It is also known that the rind of the mangosteen is extremely high in antioxidants. These are but a few of the many examples of this well known finding. One interesting fact to note is that in Central and South American indigenous cultures it is believed that the inner bark of the cacao tree has certain nutritional chemistry that can reverse male pattern baldness. In the future, Sacred Foods, LLC intends to do more research into the exact nutritional content of the skin/husk of the cacao bean.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 08:12:10 PM
Thanks for your comment. We use beans that are dried and cleaned in a proprietary method so that the husks are edible. By including them, we offer our customers extra phytonutrients. I guess you could call us "Whole Cacao Nut Chocolate" then (since the cacao seed is botanically a nut and not a bean). We do offer our raw cacao nuts with the husks, that, are pretty easily removed from the nut by hand since they are so dry. See this link: http://www.sacredchocolate.com/raw-cacao-nibs-beans-powder/ We do not sell the husks by themselves since we include them in our chocolate. Also, I should mention that taste is subjective, of course. Some people love the flavor of the whole bean with the husk or fruit pulp still attached.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 09:36:06 PM
The husk is removed (and must be 98.25% or more removed, by law, to be called "chocolate") because it spoils the taste. But it's virtually impossible to remove without heating the beans, so if you're not heating the beans, you probably CAN'T remove the husk.
I would not want to buy chocolate or cacao power with husk in it, but I would like to buy just the husks for use in homemade toothpaste and tea. Research has found that CBH has powerful tooth protection properties. Articles that say "chocolate" has these properties are mistaken - it's the husks, which are (or should be) removed.
Do you sell just the husks?
Sunday, May 23, 2010 08:17:16 PM
Will anyone be selling this bark in the future? Why has't anyone in the Cacao business capitalized on this?